In Memory

Karen Lacefield (Bachran)

Karen Lacefield (Bachran)

Karen was an outstanding mother, person, student, and wife. She spent the first half of her life in Irving graduating from IHS with honors. Karen and Lance met at the IHS Senior Get Acquainted Party in the fall of her senior year. She received scholarships to and attended Texas Christian University graduating with honors (BS in Chemistry) in 1973. Next she went to teach for a year in Falcon, Colorado (East of Colorado Springs) while Lance completed his degree and commissioning at the USAF Academy. She returned to the Dallas area to work at Anderson Clayton Foods on creating salad dressings for almost 2 years while Lance went to flight training and initial aircraft qualification. In February 1976, Karen and Lance were wed in the First Baptist Church, Irving Texas and Karen joined Lance in Northern California. Shortly after arriving in Fairfield, California, Karen, always the student started pursuing a Masters degree in Food Science (why not - Lance was flying around the world about half the time!). Karen graduated (MS Food Chemistry with honors - of course) from the University of California, Davis, sought a position in Food Science unsuccessfully, and then quickly demonstrated excellence in helping people as a Financial Advisor! After a few years flying, Lance was offered a desk job in San Antonio, Texas, and they built a home and moved. Before a year had passed, they "discovered" they had a child on the way but Karen was also diagnosed with cancer. Karen began a series of radiation treatments, surgeries, and eventually chemo therapy. Stephen arrived and Karen took care of him while continuing her fight against the cancer for three years before the cancer took her life.

Karen passed on July 7, 1987 at the age of 36.  She is survived by her husband Lance, her son Stephen, her brother David, and her mother Ava.

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04/03/09 09:26 PM #1    

Brenda Seastrunk (Barrington)

Karen was everything we held dear back in our youth - focused, brilliant, tenacious, and strong. She was a dear and loyal friend - always there when you needed her - and unwavering in her love and dedication to her husband, Lance. She fought an incredible battle with cancer, never giving up - she left us quite unwillingly - and much too early. I still miss her terribly.

05/30/09 08:22 PM #2    

Cindi (Cynthia) Dixon

Wow! I had no idea how smart Karen REALLY was! I'm sure her heart was even bigger than her brain!

Karen had a quiet way about her, and she knew she was academically-gifted, but she didn't lord it all over.

I appreciate knowing more about Karen's life... what a journey! What a legacy!

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